Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Place Called Home
By Shamus Fatzinger (Washington DC)

A Place Called Home from shamus fatzinger on Vimeo.

The least you can do for these children is, sadly, sometimes the most they will ever have.

After you watch this video, scroll down, and OWN A COLOUR, take part in the UNICEF + GLIDDEN paint charity project.

I can't say this is a brilliant piece, because I'm saddened by so many things I see here. I think it takes an enormous amount of courage on behalf of photographer Shamus Fatzinger, to go to Kenya, to spend time with these children, and to capture their lives on film. 

I know one girl in this movie has already died. But that's just one. How many more will it take?

Buy a color, in the posting below this one. You can spend $2, $5, or $10...will you really miss the money? Probably not. If I asked you what you did with $10 last week, you'd probably have to stop and think.

But by supporting UNICEF + GLIDDEN, you can help give these kids something they rarely have:

a future.


Now, get the numbers straight, kids:

That's FF6F08!

Own a color; save a child's life

Own your speck of the rainbow here.

American Street Photography Has a New Road
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009)

Check out Vivian Meier's store here.
Another lonely genius whose only friend was her camera.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Digital or analog?
Either way: just beautiful!

Digital or analog?

Just spectacularly beautiful!

Etta James | At Last
1939 – 2012

Etta James | At Last
1939 – 2012

There's a storm in my head...

photograph ©2011 BernardMLynchJr

Take my hand
Lead me to some peaceful land
That i cannot find
Inside my head

Turning Point | October 5, 1973
Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

artwork ©Ian Beck

I was 13 when this was first released, and something magical happened. With Taupin's lyrics, I started "to see" and every time, it was a new scenario. Thankfully, this LP wasn't ruined by MTV and the advent of "the music video."

And I'm old enough to remember when it was a four-sided, double-issue vinyl, in the triple gatefold edition with the best illustrations to accompany the lyrics.

Shocking to think there'd be a song ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS LOVE ALICE in 1973. Prescient in its inclusion, and oh-so-relevant today. Why Melissa Ethridge hasn't covered it yet is beyond me!

Can you tell me where the breaks are?

Hard to say if I like side 2 or side 3 the best. If pressed? Side three.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy 101st Birthday Anniversary | Gram.

My heroine!
Definition of HEROINE
a : a mythological or legendary woman having the qualities of a herob : a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities
a : the principal female character in a literary or dramatic workb : the central female figure in an event or period

photograph © Loring Studios,  1971

Monday, January 16, 2012

Adobe Reverses Upgrade Policy
CS 3 & CS 4 CAN upgrade to CS6



Adobe Reverses Course on Creative Suite Upgrade Path: Photoshop Users Rejoice
Posted Sunday, January 15, 2012

Adobe has announced it will now allow owners of CS3 and CS4 products to upgrade to the upcoming Creative Suite 6.

In November of last year Adobe Systems ruffled the feathers of more than a few of its Creative Suite users by announcing that upgrades from versions 4 and earlier would not be possible for Creative Suite 6 and its individual applications, expected for the first half of this year. This was in marked contrast to Adobe's traditional policy of providing an upgrade path for older versions. While design firms rely on the Creative Suite bundles, and most duly upgrade with each new release, smaller firms and individuals, especially in the current economic climate, can't always justify moving to each new version. This is often the case for those using just Photoshop, many of whom upgrade only every second version.

To shorten the time between releases and encourage upgrades, Adobe last year began shipping point versions of its Creative Suite products, beginning with 5.5. Then in November it followed this up with a bombshell — unless you were using 5 or 5.5, you would have to pay full price for CS6. You could upgrade from older versions to 5.5 at a discount until the end of December but after that, no cigar. As if to underline the inflexibility of this, Quark, not known for generous upgrade paths, unexpectedly announced that any version of QuarkXPress could be upgraded to the current version. Adobe's new policy proved a particularly bitter pill to swallow for many in the Photoshop community, with users expressing their dismay at apparently being cut adrift from a company whose product they had championed, in some cases for two decades.

In a rather dramatic reversal, Adobe has now apparently reconsidered this policy and is once again allowing users to upgrade to CS6 from CS3 and CS4 until the end of 2012. CS6 will be closely linked to the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud, which Adobe says will include "access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps and rich community features." It sounds quite ambitious and is likely to receive a warm welcome from intensive Creative Suite users. But it's good to have Adobe confirm that those just using one or two apps won't be left behind.

Thinking about getting married?
Check your cell phone for your engagements!

Thinking about buying a new car?
Consider Hyundai, if you're gay!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Now Playing

The Miami Herald Banned
John Callahan's MLK Cartoon 1995

©John Callahan

Born This Day in 1929 | Martin Luther King Jr

Disco Inferno

I believe in...

And if you were really cool, back in the early 70s, you read FATE magazine.

I still have my copies, dating back as far as 1972.

Talk about a twisted 12 year old kid!

Creative genius evident at such an early age.

And NOTHING has changed! 'Cept the date!